Following the first year of partnership with food distribution charity FareShare, customers of UK logistics and supply chain expert Fowler Welch have donated enough food to provide one million meals for charities supporting vulnerable people.
Fowler Welch joined forces with FareShare in August 2016 in a bid to reduce food waste across the supply chain. After noticing several customers were looking to donate surplus food to good causes, but were struggling with the logistics, Fowler Welch developed a system where its customers could donate their surplus product alongside their usual collections, minimising waste without creating extra work for the customer.
So far, Fowler Welch has introduced 18 new food produce companies to FareShare, not only increasing the number of meals they are able to provide, but introducing FareShare to a new range of producers that can offer much-needed products such as chilled meats and fruit and vegetables.
FareShare Director of Network Development Mark Varney said: “Working with Fowler Welch has been highly beneficial for the work we do on a daily basis, sourcing high quality product to be distributed to those that need it most.
“Not only do they make the logistics of getting surplus food to us efficient, but the relationship we’ve built with them has opened doors to over 18 new food producers that now provide a broad range of products including chilled meats and fresh produce that are particularly difficult to source. Due to such a short shelf life, producers and retailers often struggle to deliver chilled products in time for them to be used, however because Fowler Welch visits the companies daily, they are able to deliver a really quick turnaround which means we have much better access to sought after products such as much needed proteins.”
Fowler Welch CEO Nick Hay commented: “Hitting one million meals is a real milestone for this partnership and really goes to show how companies working together across the supply chain can make a difference to those who need it. Food waste is a real issue for producers at the moment and we knew a number of customers were looking for ways to put their surplus food waste to good use, but didn’t know where to start.
“The partnership we’ve developed with FareShare allows our customers to see their quality produce go to helping vulnerable people in their local area and beyond, and has opened a door for FareShare to tap into our network and develop their own relationships with companies that could be beneficial to their amazing work.”
As well as this working partnership, Fowler Welch has nominated FareShare as its charity of the year for 2017 and has already raised over £8,000 to go towards the charity’s objectives through its annual Big Bike Challenge.